With a little preventive maintenance and preventive thinking, many water damage events can be avoided. For instance, if you have a water leak, you may not yet know it. So it is smart to frequently inspect your water faucets and sink drains for leaks.

Another simple rule to live by: Never leave an unattended water faucet running. Water faucets left on in a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room sink can overflow. We had to mobilize one of our Service Team of Professionals crews recently to mitigate and dry out a flooded bathroom (which was caused when a bedtime teeth brushing argument led to a forgetful parent leaving the sink faucet running). This upstairs bathroom water ran through the floor and damaged the basement ceiling and carpeting below on the first floor.

It’s always unfortunate when this type of water damage occurs, because it is preventable. Many times this type of water damage event is going to be an insurance claim, but that doesn’t make it any more fun. A claim can have long lasting consequences on your insurability rating. The best news is that many of these events are avoidable.

Maintain your sink drains. Just as you service your furnace or AC each year, service your drains carefully for speed. You may need to run some drain cleaner through as a maintenance action. For clog-prone sinks, there are augers and snares that can be purchased from your local hardware store for less than $20. Maintaining the buildup in your sink traps can save you money. This might be the simple act that saves you from water damage in your house.

Don’t be afraid to call a plumber with a great reputation. Hiring a plumber to evaluate ALL of the supply lines, drains, water softener, etc. in your home each year is a small expense when compared to the cost of a house flood.